Elon Musk says the new Tesla Roadster with the SpaceX package that adds rocket thrusters will go 0 to 60 in 1.1 SECONDS
Elon Musk has confirmed that the upcoming Tesla roadster will achieve 0 to 60mph in an astonishing 1.1 seconds through the SpaceX package that provides acceleration similar to a ‘hardcore roller coaster.’
The CEO made the announcement on Twitter, stating the upgrade includes the SpaceX rocket thruster option that ‘will be safe, but very intense.’
However, with such great power comes a warning that the system is ‘probably not wise for those with medical conditions,’ Musk explained in the tweet.
Tesla previously claimed the upcoming Roadster could hit the mark in 1.9 seconds, but adding thrusters to the back of the vehicle puts it on part with rocket-powered vehicles like the Bloodhound SSC and NHRA Top Fuel Dragsters.
Musk first announced the SpaceX package in 2018 on Twitter, stating it will include 10 small rocket thrusters ‘arranged seamlessly around’ the four-seater sports car.
The system, according to the billionaire, will improve the car’s acceleration, braking, top speeds and handling around corners, along with the ability to ‘fly.’
During a February interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Musk said that Tesla is looking at implementing technology to make the car hover.
‘We are going to throw some rocket technology in that car,’ he said. ‘I want it to hover. We got to figure out how to make it hover without killing people.’
And Musk has confirmed the package will be available with the new Tesla Roadster that could hit the market this year.
Images of the all-new Tesla Roadster surfaced online Thursday, showing a sleek red car that is ready to cruise down the road.
The prototype was staged at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles with a plaque that read: ‘Unveiled in 2017, the Roadster is the second iteration of the first car released by Tesla.
Powered by lightweight lithium-ion batteries and a ‘Plaid’ powertrain, in which one electric motor powers the front wheels and two power the rear, the standard Roadster will reportedly be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 1.9 seconds.’
‘Demonstrating the versatility of electric power and adding extra distinction to the car’s already high performance, an announced SpaceX Package would outfit the Roadster with cold air thrusters positioned at the rear, allowing for a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 1.1 seconds—a rate largely unprecedented among road cars.’
Tesla has stayed tight-lipped on the specifics of the rockets, including whether the SpaceX variant of the Roadster will be road legal.
However, Elon Musk did confirm the rockets on the forthcoming Roadster will be ‘pure electric’, ruling out the use of any petrol-based booster technology in the all-electric sports car.